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Of the many characters in the lineup of Marvel Comics superheroes, Frank Miller’s Elektra is one of the most enigmatic. She mysteriously appeared as a ninja assassin wielding two Sai Swords in a 1981 edition of Marvel’s Daredevil series and turned up in countless comics thereafter, including X-Men’s Wolverine and eventually her own series. Contradictory accounts of Elektra Natchios’s early life and final death make her a hot topic of debate among Marvel fans.

In 2003, the Marvel Enterprises’ film version of “Daredevil” confused the issue even more with yet another alternative personal history for the killer of Greek descent, as portrayed by actress Jennifer Garner. Two years later, in 2005, Twentieth Century Fox put Garner in the starring role of the movie “Elektra,” and that same year Cryptologic gained the rights to turn the female warrior into a slot game.

Given the various lives Elektra has lived, it somehow seems fitting that she should make her appearance as a very different Playtech slot in 2010. This version has 5 reels and 20 paylines, as opposed to Cyptologic’s 5-reel, 25-payline game. It has a somewhat less sexy image of the assassin, too, and no animated bonus feature, but that does not mean it is without its bells and whistles. Indeed, there is plenty of action to keep players occupied.

Playtech’s version has eleven symbols that can line for wins. Matching three or more card symbols, Nines through Aces, earns the lowest level of payouts. Combinations of two or more Amulets, Bracelets, Shuriken, Crossbows or Sai Swords pay anywhere from 2 to 5,000 times the line bet. The Elektra Logo triggers the scatter bonus as well as the free games mode, while the Elektra character herself is wild, substituting for all symbols except the Logo.

The game’s credit denominations can be chosen from €0.01 to €5. Elektra slots accept 1 to 10 credits per line wagered on any number of paylines up to 20. The maximum bet is 200 credits or €1,000. The credit value can be easily adjusted by using the pop-up menu appearing under the first reel. To initiate play, click “Spin.” Look for total winnings displayed in the “Win” counter below the fifth reel and the current balance in the lower left corner of the screen. Using the game’s Auto Start button allows up to 99 repeat bets to be made automatically.

The most exciting aspect of Playtech’s Elektra is the Weapons Bonus, which is initiated by the Logo scatter symbols. Bonuses of 2X, 5X, 20X or 100X the total wager are paid when 2, 3, 4 or 5 Logo symbols appear. Three or more Logos trigger the Weapons Bonus, which requires an important decision—which of three variations to play.

Perhaps the most lucrative bonus offer is the 10 free spins with the Sai Swords substituting for all weapons. It pays 5,000X the line bet when appearing in sequence on all five reels. Choosing the Shuriken as the substituting weapon provides 14 free spins at a multiplier of 2X for all wins, while the Crossbow gains 7 free spins at a multiplier of 4X. Two or more Logos still pay the scatter bonus in this mode, but free spins cannot be retriggered.

Another aspect of the Weapons Bonus that adds to the excitement is the Elektra character on reels two, three and four. They become expanding wilds in this mode, filling all three levels and making winning combinations that much easier. The expanded Elektra has motion graphics, too. Watch how her chest heaves, as if she is breathing heavily, while brandishing her weapon of choice—just one of many nice touches Playtech has added.

Like all of Playtech’s Marvel Hero games, Elektra is connected to the Marvel Multi-Level Mystery Progressive Jackpot, which is awarded completely at random. Four tiers of jackpots—Power, Extra Power, Super Power and Ultimate Power—start at €50, €500, €5,000 and €100,000, respectively. Payouts of over €500,000 have been recorded.

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